Galatians 5:16-25

16 So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. 17 The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict. 18 But when you are directed by the Holy Spirit, you are no longer subject to the law. 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, 20 idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. 22 But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Paul describes the two forces fighting within those who belong to Christ Jesus. We have the Holy Spirit living in us, directing us to be like Christ and we have our sinful nature pulling us into sin. These forces are not equal; the Holy Spirit is God and has all power. But He will not override our own desire, so if we desire to sin, we can and many times do. We all have evil desires, we can’t ignore them. In order for us to be directed by the Holy Spirit, we must deal with them. They must be crucified with Christ. The Holy Spirit will transform us into His image as we trust Him more and more. We take our desires before Him and nail them to the cross and ask Christ for help and guidance. The Spirit produces His fruit in us and we depend on Him. When we join our life to Christ, the fruit of the Spirit becomes a byproduct of Christ in us. As a result, we fulfill His intentions for us and that is to love God and our neighbor as we love ourselves. If you want more fruit of God in your life, then nail your evil desires to the cross of Christ and seek to become more like Him.

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